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US CA: Editorial: Fixing 'Biggest Mistake in Modern Medicine'

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
The Press Democrat, 13 May 2016 - David A. Kessler, a former director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, doesn't mince words about assurances from pharmaceutical manufacturers that opioid painkillers wouldn't be addictive. "It has proved to be one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine," Kessler wrote this week in the New York Times.

US: Treating Pain Without Feeding the Epidemic of Opioid

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 13 May 2016 - BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. - The doctors wanted to talk about illness, but the patients - often miners, waitresses, tree cutters and others whose jobs were punishingly physical - wanted to talk only about how much they hurt. They kept pleading for opioids like Vicodin and Percocet, the potent drugs that can help chronic pain, but that have fueled an epidemic of addiction and deadly overdoses. "We needed to talk about congestive heart failure or diabetes or out-of-control hypertension," said Dr. Sarah Chouinard, the chief medical officer at Community Care of West Virginia, which runs primary care clinics across a big rural chunk of this state. "But we struggled over the course of a visit to get patients to focus on any of those."

US: DUI Laws, Pot Convictions Questioned

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Manteca Bulletin, 13 May 2016 - WASHINGTON (AP) - Motorists are being convicted of driving under the influence of marijuana based on arbitrary state standards that have no connection to whether the driver was actually impaired, says a study by the nation's largest auto club. The problem is only growing as more states contemplate legalizing the drug. At least three, and possibly as many as 11 states, will vote this fall on ballot measures to legalize marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, or both. Legislation to legalize the drug has also been introduced in a half dozen states.

US VA: Column: For Some It's A Joke, for Others It's Prison

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12 May 2016 - You might not like President Obama's political philosophy or leadership style, but you have to admit that he is one cool president. If you're unconvinced, consider his speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 30. His poise and charm were on full display, and his comedic timing was impeccable.

US FL: Benefactor Optimistic On Amend. 2

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 13 May 2016 - BENEFACTOR OPTIMISTIC ON AMEND. 2 For the second time in two years, Florida voters will be presented with a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. United for Care, which backed Amendment 2 in 2014, is also backing the 2016 measure, also known as Amendment 2. Campaign chairman John Morgan has invested millions of dollars in both efforts. We discussed the issue with Morgan, campaign manager Ben Pollara and Flagler County Sheriff Jim Manfre. An excerpt of Morgan's responses follows. A video of the full interview is at OrlandoSentinel.com/opinion.

CN ON: Wynne Worried About Pot Shops That Are Popping Up Like

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 12 May 2016 - Premier Kathleen Wynne is concerned about the explosion of unlicensed marijuana"dispensaries" opening up across the province. With more than 90 of the illegal storefronts already up and running in Toronto alone, Wynne said operators are exploiting the fact that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is moving forward with legalization next year.

CN ON: Police Stats Show Drug-Driving On Rise

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Metro, 12 May 2016 - Concern About Pending Legal Status of Pot A report that shows drug-impaired driving is on the rise in Toronto has some safety advocates concerned about the impending legalization of marijuana. "We've had a horrific problem with deaths and injuries on the road because of alcohol and the last thing you want to do is promote more people on the road being impaired," said Toronto lawyer Patrick Brown.

US: Chasing Bigger High, Marijuana Users Turn to a Yellow

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
New York Times, 13 May 2016 - On a recent bright afternoon, two teenage boys in boat shoes and shorts strolled up Fifth Avenue in Manhattan in a crowd of passers-by. At 56th Street they paused as one pulled an electronic pipe out of his pocket and held it to his friend's lips. Inside was a potent and little-studied drug made from distilled marijuana; they were emboldened, they said, by the fact that the gooey wax hardly has a smell, and is so novel in New York that, even if discovered, parents, teachers or even the authorities hardly seem to know what it is. As throngs walked by, the boys stood in front of the diamond-filled windows of Harry Winston, getting high.

US IL: 6 Officers Accused Of Lying In Court

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2016 - Department Investigates Alleged False Testimony That Could Derail Cases Chicago police have begun an internal investigation into allegations that as many as six officers lied in their court testimony and are prepared to take at least one of the officers off the street because of a judge's determination he had testified falsely in a narcotics case.

US: Gary Johnson Says Legal Pot Will Cut Overall Drug Abuse

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Washington Times, 11 May 2016 - Libertarian White House hopeful Gary Johnson said Tuesday that legalizing marijuana will lead to less substance abuse overall. "I took the position I took business-wise to make the world a better place," Mr. Johnson, the former New Mexico governor, said on CNN's "New Day."

US CA: Dr. Feel Bad: Response to Emerging Opioid Epidemic

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 12 May 2016 - Bottom-Up Enforcement, Lack of Drug Treatment Preceded Sacramento's Deadly Outbreak Counterfeit pain pills recovered by federal drug authorities and masking dangerous amounts of fentanyl bear close resemblance to a milder medication.

US CA: Column: Baby Steps

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 12 May 2016 - Is the Adult Use of Marijuana Act gonna be on the ballot or what? - -Reggie Stird-Votairs Probably. Last week, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and a bunch of other movers, shakers and moneymakers stood on a stage and announced that they had gathered more than enough signatures to place AUMA on the 2016 ballot. (They have 600,000 and they only need 385,000, so even if 36 percent of the signatures are thrown out, they still have enough.) Let the yelling and name-calling begin.

Australia: Our Medical Marijuana Boom?

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Sunshine Coast Daily, 12 May 2016 - Adam Benjamin Says Medical Cannabis Could Be a Huge Export Crop for the Sunshine Coast and Today He Meet With Queenland Treasurer Curtis Pitt to Discuss His Plans to Start Farming It: ADAM Benjamin's goal of turning the Sunshine Coast into a world leading supplier of medicinal cannabis is a step closer with a bill tabled in the Queensland Parliament.

US FL: Medical And Recreational Pot Have Voters' Support

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 12 May 2016 - Florida voters overwhelmingly support legalization of medical marijuana, pollsters said Wednesday, and most also favor legalization of recreational pot use. The Quinnipiac University poll found 80 percent of Florida voters said they would vote for a proposed constitutional amendment in November allowing for medical use of marijuana. Just 16 percent said they'd vote no.

US CO: Column: A Hit and a Miss for Colorado Marijuana

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Boulder Weekly, 12 May 2016 - In the week leading up to the end of the Second Regular Session of the State Legislature, two major pieces of marijuana legislation met their fates. In the first week of May, a proposal to certify organic marijuana at the state level was rejected in a Senate committee by a vote of 4-3, while Jack's Law, a bill requiring Colorado schools to accommodate the use of non-smokeable medical marijuana by students, passed both the House and Senate.

CN BC: Editorial: Yes To Legalization, No To Lawlessness

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 09 May 2016 - Once upon a time, you needed a duly completed doctor's prescription to get hold of medicinal marijuana. Then a few of Canada's pot dispensaries branched into the brave new world of remote video diagnosis. No one should be surprised that some now content themselves with vague complaints of a non-specific ailment - uh, my back hurts - if they bother with the charade at all. Yes, cannabis is going to be a legal substance soon, perhaps as early as this time next year. But a great many folks appear to have forgotten that it's still very much illegal. Besides which, legalization does not mean the absence of rules - quite the opposite.

CN ON: A Plea For Strict Pot Policy

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
Packet & Times, 11 May 2016 - Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit Calls on PM to Keep Tight Grip on Legal Marijuana The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, hoping to spark up a conversation about the pending legalization of marijuana.

US CA: Column: The Age Of Cannabis Money In Politics

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 12 May 2016 - If the Mission District manifested its own member of Congress - and if this representative were a he in his late 60s - he would look exactly like Earl Blumenauer. A mix of Bernie Sanders and Bill Nye the Science Guy, decked out in a bright-patterned bow-tie and plaid-checked sportcoat - and with a bicycle lapel pin - Blumenauer cut a natty, professor-like figure as we shared coffee on the patio of a Sixth Street cafe (a phrase that still feels unreal to type).

South Africa: Column: What Have Our Politicians Been Smoking?

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 07:00
Cape Argus, 11 May 2016 - I WAS interested - and I must admit, rather pleased - to read that about 6 000 people had taken part in a march in central Cape Town in an effort to have the law changed regarding the use of medical marijuana. The problem with people in authority seems to be a lack of understanding about "drugs" in general. Say the word "marijuana" and the official mind immediately clicks shut and thinks: "crime, dagga, violence, evil, gangsters", and so on.

CN ON: Corrections Officers Welcome Full-Body Scanners

Wed, 05/11/2016 - 07:00
Kingston Whig-Standard, 06 May 2016 - The president for the union representing correctional service officers at Quinte Detention Centre in Napanee applauds the provincial government's commitment to install full-body scanners at all of its 26 correctional facilities across the province. "We've been lobbying for this for a very long time," said Tom O'Neill, president of Local 467 of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union, in a telephone interview Thursday.

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